December 21, 2014

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Accident caused after tire flies off vehicle

AMHERST TWP. — Only minutes after Rick Boone got his tires rotated at Ed Mullinax Ford in Amherst, he was driving down state Route 113 when one of those tires flew from his car and hit an oncoming car, sending the woman in the oncoming car to the hospital.

“I was worried about her because she had nowhere to go,” Boone said.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of state Routes 58 and 113 in Amherst Township when Boone was driving his truck eastbound on 113. Boone said that his front left tire suddenly came off of his truck, hitting an oncoming car and denting it.

The woman in the oncoming car was in her mid 50s, said Trooper Justin Lister of the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was sent to EMH Amherst Hospital for chest abrasions from her seatbelt, Lister said.

Boone plans to take the accident up with Ed Mullinax Ford.

“It’s unacceptable,” he said.

Dennis Pritt, general manager of the company, said he plans to look into the incident to see if the tire rotation was involved.